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Kin Ping Meh

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3.17 | 34 ratings | 4 reviews | 15% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Come Down to the Riverside (3:13)
2. Don't Force Your Horse (3:46)
3. Come Together (6:00)
4. Together Jam (4:55)
5. Liveable Ways (8:00)
6. Day Dreams (7:56)
7. Very Long Ago (2:54)
8. I Wanna Be Lazy (2:58)

Bonus tracks on CD reissues:
9. Sometime (single version) (4:33)
10. Sunday Morning Eve (3:58)

Total Time: 48:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Werner Stephan / lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
- Willie Wagner / guitar, vocals
- Fritz Schmitt / organ, piano, e-piano, Mellotron, vocals
- Torsten Herzog / bass, vocals
- Kalle Weber / drums, percussion

- Uli Groß / guitar
- Gerhard Mrozeck / guitar
- Dieter Kuhlmann / bagpipes (4)
- Erich Doll / banjo (7)

Releases information

LP Zebra ‎- 2949 005 (1972, Germany)
LP Soundvision ‎- 01008 (2011, Europe)

CD Polydor ‎- 847 901-2 (1990, Germany) With a bonus track (1973 single)
CD Repertoire Records ‎- PMS 7067-WP (1998, Germany) With 2 bonus tracks
CD Eclipse Records ‎- ECL 1008 (2016, Germany) With a bonus track (1973 single)

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KIN PING MEH No. 2 ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (55%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

KIN PING MEH No. 2 reviews

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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars KPM's second album is much in the liner of their debut hesitating between a hard rock direction and a more middle-of-the-road version of rock. They insist on singing in English and do it relatively well, even if sometimes it does sound a little awkward and they insisted on writing a song titles wrong (livable instead of liveable), which does show their limitations. Musically the group is apt, but none of the musicians are virtuoso and don't try to show-off either.

The quintet is still developing what would come to be the type of AOR of later 70's, as clearly shown in the slightly country-tinged Come Down To The Riverside. If the follow up Don't Force Your Horse doesn't have the same flavour, it remains indeed your typical AOP by KPM. Of the harder side of KPM, a lengthy cover of Beatles' Come Together (but definitely not my favourite cover of my favourite Beatles track), that if enjoyable, it does not break anything either. Of better interest is the instrumental Together Jam, which as the title indicates is a full-group effort and could just be the first side's highlight as they show that they are more at ease with more improvised music and looser structures.

The flipside is starting out on two lenghty (8-min) tracks, the first of which, Liveable Ways, is actually quite pleasant, full of good interplay, while Day Dreams (or Daydreams?) is rather ambitious low-developing track with a lengthy intro, and when the song does finally start, it unfortunately sound like US-like soft rock, although mellotron layers intervene, but can't hide the inherent songwriting weakness of the track. This is exactly with this type of more ambitious track that KPM shows their limitations. After an awful (but short) banjo-led country rocker (Very Long Ago), the group indulges into another AOR country I Wonna (wanna ? ;-) Be Lazy, which actually helps the album escape from the proghead's interest.

Graced with a very piggy artwork, this album received a Second Battle label reissue (and a bonus track from a single which doesn't add much to the overall value of the album), which might interest some rockers and other German rock aficionados, but regarding progheads, this is hardly essential and of moderate interest to them, even if enjoyable enough.

Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Vintage music that brings you to glory days of rock!

Again, this is the album that does not have prog component in the music. However, it's nice to enjoy this classic rock band. The music offered here is similar with bands like Tea (Germany), Humble Pie, or Mountain with unique singing style of its lead vocalist, Wrener Stephan. The opening track "Come Down to the Riverside" (3:13) is like a combination of The Beatles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. It seems like the band tried to explore the southern rock style, especially through the guitar licks as well as singing style. It's really enjoyable. It moves in similar vein into next track "Don't Force Your Horse" (3:46) where guitar still plays critical role in putting the music style of the song. Supported with vintage recording quality, enjoying this track gives me a "different" experience that brings me back to the glory days of seventies where rock music dominated the music industry.

The Beatles cover "Come Together" (6:00) is another place that I can find joy of listening to this album. No, it's not that due to the original version of this song it's already excellet, but the re-arrangement by Kin Ping Meh makes it "something new" for me and it has made me repeating this song over and over whenever it reaches third track. I like the fact that the guitar sound has been made different than those of original version. It reminds me to the guitar player of a band named as MAHOGANY RUSH - the guitarist is Frank Marino. The guitar solo at the end of this track is really stunning.

"Together Jam" (4:55) starts with jamming mode through guitar solo supported with bass guitar and drums, plus organ. The use of two guitars separated with left and right channel has made this composition is really excellent. The guitar solo is really the main thing from this track and it satisfies me to the bone! The bass guitar is also given a chance to perform its solo. It's an uplifting track!

"Liveable Ways" (8:00) is probably the progressive attempt that the band tried to make. The combined guitar and bass guitar works at the opening of the track is truly stunning. The vocal line is also excellent, performed with energy. The song also inserts some ambient portion right after intro part. "Day Dreams" (7:56) provides musical break through ambient nuance at intro part with guitar fills. "Very Long Ago" (2:54) is a country rock music, using banjo as main rhythm section. The album concludes nicely with "I Wanna Be Lazy" (2:58) in Southern style.

Overall, this is a good addition to any prog music collection. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Latest members reviews

3 stars One of those albums you happen to stumble on, recognising the name due to this site I decided to have a listen and found it to be very enjoyable and a worthy addition to my collection. Kin Ping Meh's second album is a highly enjoyable rock album which combines some late 60's psychedelic rock wit ... (read more)

Report this review (#162465) | Posted by tuxon | Saturday, February 23, 2008 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Kin Pinh Meh - No. 2 On their debut album Kin Ping Meh proved to be a good prog-related hardrock band. They play a style similar to Deep Purple and Uriah Heep, with a special interest in ballads (in the good sense luckily). On the second album their music is enriched with more progressive an ... (read more)

Report this review (#122485) | Posted by Agemo | Thursday, May 17, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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